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Woody Guthrie circa 1940. Al Aumuller/Courtesy of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. hide caption

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How 'This Land Is Your Land' Roamed And Rambled Into American Life

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Duke Ellington at the piano, circa 1940. John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images hide caption

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A Sprawling Blueprint For Protest Music, Courtesy Of The Jazz Duke

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Stephen Stills (left) performs with Buffalo Springfield on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967. CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images hide caption

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A Thousand People In The Street: 'For What It's Worth' Captured Youth In Revolt

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Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto (seen here performing in Miami in February 2019) released a massively popular electronic reworking of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in 2005. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for E11EVEN Miami hide caption

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From Funerals To Festivals, The Curious Journey Of The 'Adagio For Strings'

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TLC at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. The trio won in the best group video category, beating boy-band juggernauts 'NSync and the Backstreet Boys. Henny Ray Abrams/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Oh Yes Son, They're Talking To You: 20 Years Of 'No Scrubs'

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Fans of Lady Gaga gather outside a concert in Manila in 2012. Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How 'Born This Way' Was Born: An LGBT Anthem's Pedigree

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Caissie Levy performs as Elsa in the stage adaptation of Frozen, which opened on Broadway in 2018. Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions hide caption

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For Many With Disabilities, 'Let It Go' Is An Anthem Of Acceptance

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Hundreds of singers joined MILCK and the Canadian choral group Choir! Choir! Choir! to perform "Quiet" at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre in early 2017. Andrew Williamson/Courtesy of Choir! Choir! Choir! hide caption

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A Song Called 'Quiet' Struck A Chord With Women. Two Years Later, It's Still Ringing

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Nina Simone onstage at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1968. David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Nina Simone's 'Lovely, Precious Dream' For Black Children

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A statue of George M. Cohan, prolific Broadway composer and performer, stands in New York's Times Square. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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George M. Cohan, 'The Man Who Created Broadway,' Was An Anthem Machine

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Ronnie Van Zant in 1975, onstage with Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta. Tom Hill/WireImage hide caption

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Unfurling 'Sweet Home Alabama,' A Tapestry Of Southern Discomfort

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Ernie Isley (left) of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy met at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles to discuss their respective versions of "Fight the Power." Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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'Fight The Power': A Tale Of 2 Anthems (With The Same Name)

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East L.A.'s Whittier Boulevard in 2018, seen from inside a classic Chevy. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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The Story Of 'Whittier Blvd.,' A Song And Place Where Latino Youth Found Each Other

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U.S. Navy CPO Graham Jackson, with tears of grief, plays "Goin' Home," from Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's body is carried from Warm Springs, Ga., where he died. Ed Clark/Life Picture Collection/Getty hide caption

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How The 'New World' Symphony Introduced American Music To Itself

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Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon perform in 1982 at Paris' Auteuil Hippodrome. Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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We Asked For Your Favorite Anthems. You Answered 'America'

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"Mother" Maybelle Carter (left) performs with her daughter Helen in 1977 at the A.P. Carter Memorial Festival in Virginia. Robert Alexander/Getty Images hide caption

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'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' Connects Musicians, Generation After Generation

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"I Am Woman" singer Helen Reddy performs in 1970. Ian Dickson/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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You're Gonna Hear Them Roar: 'I Am Woman' Is An Anthem Beyond Its Era

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The East L.A. band Las Cafeteras is known for a version of "La Bamba" that mixes traditional Mexican son jarocho with hip-hop. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Through Slavery, Segregation And More, 'La Bamba' Has Been The Sound Of Survival

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Sylvester performs with his band at the Los Angeles club Whisky a Go Go in 1972. Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Bigger Than Disco, 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' Is A Celebration Of Self

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Mark Hoppus (left) onstage in 2001 with Blink-182's then-guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge. Martin Philbey/Redferns hide caption

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The Legacy Of 'Adam's Song,' An Anthem To Darkness, Loss — And Recovery

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